The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 12, June 14

A Greener Future: Science Has Demonstrated That Plant Life and Food Production Will Benefit Substantially from Higher Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
Imagine a world without carbon dioxide (C[O.sub.2]). It would be a world without life. Plants of all kinds, from the greatest of the world's stately trees to the smallest single-celled algae, would disappear. Gone too would be the herbivorous creatures,...
Behind Chalabi's Decline: Once Touted by Washington as Iraq's "Liberator," Iraqi Expatriate Ahmed Chalabi Is Now Accused of Leaking Sensitive Intelligence to Iran
"It was just last January that Ahmed Chalabi occupied the coveted balcony seat next to First Lady Laura Bush and gazed out at Washington's glittering elite" during the State of the Union Address, observed foreign affairs commentator Jim Lobe on May...
California City Becomes 1st U.S. "No Communist Zone"
Garden Grove, California, a city known as "Little Saigon" due to its large Vietnamese population, has become the first U.S. city to declare itself a "no Communist zone." Garden Grove's city council passed, by unanimous vote, a resolution on May...
China's Religious Persecution
One man was beaten to death and 90 worshippers arrested in China's northeastern province of Heilongjian during a crackdown on an underground Protestant church, AsiaNews reported on May 19. Li Shixiong, chairman of the U.S.-based Committee for Investigation...
Cougar Confrontation
Humans are rarely attacked by mountain lions in California. People have been injured by the cats in only 14 incidents since 1890, though six confrontations resulted in human deaths. For a few harrowing moments on April 6, 14-year-old Andy White of...
Criminal Career Cut Short
At around 3 a.m. on October 21, 2003, Tommy Christian was asleep in his Jackson, Mississippi, home when he was awakened by the noise of someone tampering with his back door. Having been burglarized on two other occasions in recent weeks, Christian...
Diving in with American Know-How: In 1776, American Patriot David Bushnell's Little Wooden Turtle Not Only Threatened British Naval Supremacy, Its Technology Would Help Lead to America's Own Dominance of the Sea
On the night of September 6, 1776, the HMS Eagle lay at anchor, easily riding the moonlit swells in New York Harbor, just north of Staten Island. The Eagle, her 64 guns bristling in every direction, appeared unassailable. What could the flagship of...
"Eco-Criminal" Prison-Bound?
"John A. Rapanos has spent more than $1 million on attorneys, consultants and fines while tussling with regulators lot some 15 years over accusations of illegal wetland destruction," observed the April 26 Detroit Free Press. "Now, the Midland subdivision...
From Abu Ghraib to the ICC?
Amid new and increasingly shocking disclosures of torture and other abuses by U.S. personnel at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, "China delayed a UN Security Council vote on a controversial measure to extend the immunity of U.S. peace, keeping troops from...
"Gaia Guru" Flips, Embraces Nuclear Power
British scientist James Lovelock, venerated by fervent environmentalists worldwide as a kind of high priest of "green theology," is causing anxiety, confusion and heated debate among the enviro-faithful. Professor Lovelock is most famous for his "Gala...
Happy Ending
At about 7:15 p.m. on January 21, Katharine Whitney of Sandy, Utah, left her workplace with six-week-old daughter Elizabeth Kay to attend a baby shower. After placing the infant in a car seat, she realized that she had forgotten the shower gift and...
Kerry Joined "Other Side"
ITEM: The Associated Press released a national story on May 2, carrying the headline, "Dole Rises to Kerry's Defense over Vietnam," citing the former Kansas senator and World War II hero. The lead sentence, referring to an interview on Fox News Sunday,...
Population Downturn
ITEM: Citing the planet's downward spiral of fertility rates given in Phillip Longman's recent book, The Empty Cradle, an April 28 Wall Street Journal editorial warned, "But it is to the situation in America that [Longman] devotes most of his attention.......
Reheating the "Global Warming" Myth: Spurred by an Agitprop Blockbuster Movie, Radical Eco-Socialists Are Renewing Their Efforts to Enact the UN's Kyoto Treaty-Key Elements of Which Have Already Been Implemented
"Glaciers at the North Pole are melting. Sea levels are rising. Storms are intensifying. Heat waves, like the one that swept through Europe last summer, are longer and more deadly. Right now, we are in the middle of an unfolding climate crisis." ...
Remember Global Cooling?
A cooling trend beginning in about 1940 caused a "global cooling" scare in the 1970s. Today, of course, the environmental Chicken Littles who fretted about a coming ice age now warn against catastrophic global warming. [I]t is projected that man's...
RWYouth.com: Through the Internet, RWYouth Is Bringing Together Young Americans to Learn More about Their Priceless Heritage of Liberty
Crucial to the preservation of liberty is knowledge of the key principles and values safeguarding it. As the Founding Fathers expressed it in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and...
Science, Politics and Death: Environmental Extremism Kills. Millions Die Annually Because of Restrictions on DDT, and Imposing the "Kyoto" Regulations Would Kill Many More
Easily usable energy is the currency of human progress. Without it, stagnation, regression and untold human deaths will result. The lamentations of the popular press notwithstanding, there is no shortage of energy. Scientists define everything that...
The UN's Victory in Iraq
"The war in Iraq has become an epic of unanticipated (and some anticipated) consequences, and one of the most unanticipated of all is certainly the emergence of the United Nations as the new [molder] of Iraq's political future," commented the New Republic...
Train Rescue
During the past four years, Massachusetts residents James Ahern and nephew John "Jack" Ahern have served with the Paramedic 3 unit of Boston Emergency Medical Services. On August 16, 2002, they responded to an emergency call involving a man who was...
U.S. Subsidizes Russia's Weapons of Mass Destruction
America has spent tens of billions of dollars and made an enormous commitment of our Armed Forces personnel and resources to find Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). So far, only a relatively small number of old nerve gas shells have...
We Lose If LOST Wins
Some bad ideas just keep coming back again and again, like a vampire that hasn't been properly disposed of with the wooden stake to the heart. The United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is just such a creature. Pronounced dead several times over...